Most actors and actresses neither have the ambition, nor the capability to stand behind the camera and craft their own story. Many have attempted, few have succeeded.
Two of the biggest names in Hollywood, however, have proved themselves to be competent filmmakers with great artistic potential. Each has starred in a plethora of films – from the action crazed blockbusters to the soapbox romances to the inspirational humdrum stories.
And while one may be dramatically more mentally unstable than the other, I suspect most of us are glad to have them both around making and acting in movies.
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Battle of Directors
Four example films from Mel Gibson:
The Man Without A Face
Passion of Christ
Four example films from George Clooney:
Goodnight and Good Luck
Ides of March
Confessions of A Dangerous Mind
My selection: Although each actor is a famed Hollywood movie star, the two virtually share zero stylistic similarities in their directing styles. Gibson goes for the sweeping epic approach, and Clooney goes for the poignant outlooks on American politics. The former is more grand and visually mesmerizing, while the other is more intimate and thoughtful. Personally, I’d choose Clooney. Braveheart has waned in quality over time. Passion of Christ was always nonsensical garbage. Both Ides of March and Goodnight and Good Luck were dark, chilling, and engrossing forays into the corruption behind democracy and American diplomacy.